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on a tear

adjective phrase

Very angry, esp punitively so; pissed off: Ronald Reagan is on a tear over leaks

[1880s+; the dated example is in a tear]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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